Bill Webster had a plan. After playing baseball and wrestling at Milford High, he thought of going to umpire school in Florida. He shrugged off that idea and athletically turned to playing rec softball. Webster enjoyed his life with wife Debbie and his two daughters. He liked working on automobiles, so he had a career. He loved to ride his motorcycle. Then his life was turned upside down. \u201cI was in a bad motorcycle accident in 2004,\u201d Webster said. \u201cI couldn\u2019t play softball anymore. I wanted to stay in sports. Darrin Besescheck was a friend and he said, \u2018Why not try Little League.\u2019 He invited me to the Shelton Little Fellow Classic in 2005.\u201d Webster began working games in District 3, which includes Shelton, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck, Watertown and Oakville. Flash forward 15 years \u2014 Webster umpired this week at the Junior League Softball Little League World Series in Kirkland (Wash.). \u201cIt was a great experience out in Kirkland,\u201d said Webster, who was selected to umpire at Little League Regionals in 20012, 2015 and 2018. \u201cI love the kids. The boys, the girls, the high school kids. Baseball and softball are great games. I like to let them have fun.\u201d Umpiring however, is a rule-based profession. \u201cGames are great with the players,\u201d he said. \u201cThe worst part is when we get questioned by coaches and parents that don\u2019t know the game. You learn to be patient. They can\u2019t see what you see during a play. Sometimes, you want to chirp back, but you can\u2019t. You don\u2019t want to set a bad example. In the end it is all about the kids.\u201d Webster is a senior master technician, signifying the best in his craft, for Ford Motor Company. \u201cThe two are alike,\u201d Webster said of getting the best out of making cars run smoothly and working games. \u201cI love working with my guys at Ford and with fellow umpires. It is all about being prepared and then following through.\u201d His favorite part of umpiring? \u201cI guess it is the bond you build with the catchers,\u201d Webster said. \u201cYou get a good rapport going when working behind the plate. I ask what pitchers like to throw so I can be ready for it. I\u2019ll say does he or she throw this or that. \u201cMy favorite story is after I asked a 12-year-old baseball catcher if his pitcher likes to throw fastballs or mostly curves. He answered and then the pitcher throws a pitch to the first batter. I said to the catcher, \u2018What kind of pitch was that?\u2019 He said: \u2018A knuckle curve.\u2019 I said: \u2018Why didn\u2019t you tell me?\u2019 He said: \u2018You didn\u2019t ask me if he threw that one.\u2019\u201d MAKING IT TO WORLD SERIES The selection process to become a World Series umpire is lengthy and rigorous. The process for selection to work a World Series begins with a recommendation from the District Administrator, within their district, to umpire in a Regional Tournament. Little League\u2019s nine regional offices then consider all nominated umpires before selecting those who most closely meet the selection criteria. The umpires volunteering at each Regional Tournament are then evaluated and can receive one of two recommendations: Recommend working another Regional Tournament or Recommend a World Series assignment. Once an umpire has earned a World Series recommendation, the umpire must indicate that they wish to be considered further. Individuals who meet those qualifications are then screened annually by Little League International and Regional staffs for selection to umpire in a Little League World Series tournament. Appointment as a member of the umpiring crew for a World Series is the highest honor that Little League can bestow on a volunteer umpire. An individual can be selected for a World Series assignment once every four years.